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Composer Marvin Hamlisch

Died From Lung Failure

8/17/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0817_marvin_hamlisch_death_certificateLegendary Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch -- one of the few people in the world to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award -- suffered from brain damage in the weeks before his death but ultimately succumbed to lung failure, this according to his death certificate.

TMZ obtained the document, filed in L.A., which shows Hamlisch died on August 6th primarily from respiratory arrest (lung failure) ... caused by a combination of anoxic brain encephalopathy (failure of oxygen to reach the brain) and hypertension (high blood pressure).

The document shows Hamlisch suffered from A.B.E. in the weeks before his death, though it's unclear if he was aware of the condition or exhibiting symptoms.

Hamlisch won 2 Academy Awards for composing the music for "The Way We Were" and one Oscar for "The Sting."  He also worked on music for "Sophie's Choice," "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "A Chorus Line."

He was 68.

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fonzie    

Most upsetting thing I've read in a while. I loved Marvin Hamlisch.

733 days ago
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Cindy    

Lung failure. Suffocated. Bless him. Wasn't an easy way to go likely.

733 days ago
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fstblk    

This was the true music man. R.I.P.

733 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Steve Garvey's wife Cindy left him for this guy?

733 days ago
20.

Honeys Booboo    

Death Cert occupation = "AMERICAN COMPOSER".
In case someone thought he was ISRAELI ?

733 days ago
21.

Rico Suavy    

He died because he got a hard on watching Kim Kardashian. All the blood went to his Johnson therefore depriving his brain of oxygen.

733 days ago
22.

Erik    

My lungs would fail too if they had to inflate under 400 lbs of fat.

733 days ago
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dierdre    

may he R.I.P. such a talented man. I just can't believe all the people that have died this year. It seems like every time you read something, there is yet another death. Very sad. This man was such an accomplished talent, and anyone who knew him, knew of the tremendous energy he once had, and such a nice man too.

733 days ago
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♥TMZ but ...    

he looks like he was a wonderful man RIP

733 days ago
25.

anon    

R.I.P. Mr. Marvin Hamlisch.

733 days ago
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charles    

R.I.P. Marvin Hamlisch

733 days ago
27.

al baby    

Why did the post a picture of Chaz Bono ?idiots

733 days ago
28.

Rich     

Rest in the hands of the Lord Marvin. Thank you TMZ for featuring this story. We get so many many about rap crappers, sports jocks out with any old tramp they can bang, or garbage like the Kadashians. Fact this was a REAL talent compared to those previously mentioned.

733 days ago
29.

Harlin's Garage    

godspeed

733 days ago
30.

News Flash     

He was such a nice man :(

733 days ago
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